Holt of Fame

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It’s Torry’s time—and the timing couldn’t be better.

Picture this. It’s the Saturday before the Super Bowl. You’re isolated in an individual hotel room. One of 15 finalists waiting. A tap on the door means you made it. A phone call means you’re out. So goes the agonizing process for the world’s most elite football athletes waiting to see if their number is called for the NFL Hall of Fame—whittled down from 123 nominees to 15 finalists to the five chosen ones. And this could be #81’s year.

A two-time finalist, it feels like Torry’s time to sport the Gold Jacket—I mean, the Super Bowl is even being played at SoFi Stadium. But his fate isn’t up to some suits in a room. It’s up to us—you literally vote, now through Jan. 31. So, let’s get our hometown football hero enshrined. “The Hall of Fame wasn’t anything I set out to achieve when I started playing ball,” Holt tells Raleigh Magazine in an exclusive interview. “For me, it was about the love of the sport. … It was a bright light and welcome distraction.”

Nevermind that love of the game made him a star: at Eastern Guilford High School and rewriting record books at NC State and with the Rams. But still, he doesn’t boast. “When I realized this was something I could do at a high level, it was about honing my craft and becoming consistent… about learning from the older guys who set the bar high and taught me how to become a true professional—and it was about winning,” he says. “Not gonna lie—I love to win… and we sure did a lot of that!”

But the honor is in no way lost on him. “It’s the absolute seal of approval and golden stamp on my career—a way to capture all the hard work and success. And I want that—not just for me, but for my wife and children, my family and friends back home, the fans around the country and every team I’ve played for… everyone who’s been a part of this journey.” But in true humble Holt fashion, he adds: “Above all, the experience has garnered a deep appreciation for the amazing people in my life. I’m truly blessed.” What better reason for it to be Torry’s time to be enshrined. Vote on. profootballhof.com/fanvote 

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